Claridge to add news to glossy values as Real editor

Dave Claridge has been appointed the new editor of Real magazine.

Claridge was on the launch team at Emap real-life and celebrity title Closer, rising to executive editor, before he left to set up Scoop News agency last year.

He was previously deputy editor on Bauer's TV Quick.

Claridge will replace Hayley Chilver, acting editor on Real and editorial director at the magazine's publisher, Essential Publishing, who is leaving the company.

Claridge said: "We want Real to have the production values, look and feel of a glossy in a weekly format. I want to bring a topicality and news element, and we want to introduce more think pieces next year. It's that hybrid of a weekly appeal with the monthly glossy feel that we want to achieve."

Claridge added that there were plans to bring in experienced weekly magazine journalists to the title. The title was overhauled this year with a redesign of its masthead after rival Hachette title Red won a legal battle in which it claimed the logo was being "passed off" by Real. Previously, Real was owned by Bauer, which subsequently sold the title to Essential Publishing.

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